Discovery of Zealandia: A New Continent Beneath the Pacific Ocean

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Well, it’s time to revisit Geography books as scientists have discovered a new landmass, Zealandia under the Pacific Ocean. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it is true and here’s a concise view of all you need to know about the new landmass, Zealandia.

Map of Zealandia continent

According to a recently published paper by the 11 researchers of New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Australia, there’s an almost completely (94%) submerged piece of land called Zealandia, hiding in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

Here’s what geologists & researchers are saying about Zealandia

map of continents

The researchers have been accumulating data on the piece of land for the last 10 years. The latest published paper is an attempt to officially present a scientific case for Zealandia. According to the paper, Zealandia is the youngest, narrowest, and most submerged continent on the planet.

The scientists also argue that New Caledonia and New Zealand aren’t just a group of islands. They are parts of the landmass that detached from Australia and sank approximately 60 million years ago. The large landmass is actually connected to these two islands.

Interesting facts about Zealandia – the world’s smallest continent

Map of Zealandia continent

With a total area of approximately 4,920,000 sq km. Zealandia becomes the world’s largest current microcontinent. The reason researchers are calling it a new continent is because it fulfills the important criteria of:

  • having a defined area
  • being at an elevation compared to its surroundings
  • having a significantly thick crust
  • having a distinct geology

With this new discovery, there is going to be an exciting journey of exploration and findings. To know more about this new landmass, Zealandia visit Geological Society of America’s official website

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